Elizabethtown College by Jean-Paul Benowitz and Peter J. DePuydt, 2014
When I found out this book was being publish, I was very excited. I’ve basically been counting down the days till it arrived at my door (it was late!). It’s an Arcadia Publishing title and part of the Campus History series. I normally would not review a stand alone Arcadia title, but this is Elizabethtown College. It’s basically pictures, but it touches on the key moments in the history of the institution.
This is an excellent addition to the pantheon of Blue Jay history. It is right up there with the legendary Ralph Schlosser’s 1970 history and Chet Williamson’s 2000 Centennial history.
Blue Jays Always.
Keith L Greenawalt
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Retribution by Eric Lustbader, 2013
This is a good book that had many characters. At times I had trouble following them, , but I loved the ending.
On Folly Beach by Karen White, 2010
I highly recommend this mystery. Spanning 60 years, it takes the reader through decades of adventures. From Emmy, who finds love letters in a bottle tree and within the pages of a book, to Maggie who was waiting on her love to return. Emmy finds that loss can give you a second chance with love.
Mirage by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul, 2013
This is the latest in the Oregon Files series about a high tech mercenary spy ship and its colorful crew. I usually like this series, as it is one of the few fiction series that I keep an eye out for. I have always enjoys Juan Cabrillo and his crew and their exploits and close calls.
I must admit that I think this book was a good, but I can’t help but nit pick the little things. I am not referring to the high tech things that are a part of the series. You need to suspend some belief; it is a novel after all. Yet there is one thing that just gets me.
The artists conception that occupies the front cover of the book. This is supposed to be a Cannon class destroyer escort, but it strangely has what looks like two modern 5″ lightweight enclosed gun mounts on it. The Cannon-class mounted two 3″ open mounts. I’ve been on the last remaining DE afloat in the US, the USS Slater in Albany, NY. She and her forward battery of guns look like this:
The book also has a strange detour in the middle of the plot. Cabrillo and the crew go from chasing a corrupt Russian admiral to getting back a $1,000,000,000 from Iraqi warlords. I am still trying to figure that one out.
Not a bad story, but not I was still hoping for more out of this one
Keith L Greenawalt
Allegiant by Veronica Roth, 2013
This was an okay book. I was a little disappointed with and the ending, but I still enjoyed reading it. Tris finds out her whole life is a lie and is fighting back.
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray, 2010
This was an incredible memoir of resilience and determination. As a mother, it broke my heart to read of Liz’s growing up years with drug dependent parents. It hurt to hear how our system is failing a lot of kids. It reminded me how important it is to be mindful of those around us, we don’t know the challenges they are facing.
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz, 2008
This book is about a young man named Ryan Percy, who finds himself in need of a heart transplant due to incurable cardiomyopathy. After receiving and recovering from the transplant, Ryan begins to receive gifts and eventually video of the heart surgery with a message stating “Your Heart Belongs to Me.” He discovers these are coming from the twin sister of his donor, who felt responsible for her sister’s death. She is now stalking Ryan.
The supernatural is thrown in throughout and nothing seems to fit together. It is not one of my favorite stories.